These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are just like the ones in round cookie form. No cookie scoops required!
Last week, I was craving a chocolate chip cookie. However, I did not want to get out my cookie sheets or deal with a cookie scoop. Call me lazy if you will.
I went to search for a chocolate chip cookie bar recipe to satisfy my cookie craving, except in bar form. Eventually, I went to the King Arthur website and tried their recipe. Surprisingly, I was very disappointed in the end result. My bars were dry, cakey, and not at all soft and chewy like the recipe promised. Shockingly, I even baked my bars for 5 minutes less than the recipe called for and was still extremely disappointed.
My family was bummed because they had high hopes for those cookie bars. I didn’t want to leave them sad, so I searched for another recipe to try. This one seemed promising since the baking time was only 20 minutes and used a preparation method similar to regular chocolate chip cookies (the King Arthur recipe did not).
Man, I was so happy with this recipe, and my family was ecstatic. My husband said that this would have ranked a 1000 compared to the other one I tried. Both Addie and I agreed, and we were thrilled to finally have some chocolate chip cookie bars to enjoy.
This is a fabulous recipe that you should keep in your arsenal. It’s perfect for when you need chocolate chip cookies but don’t want to use a cookie scoop or roll/shape them into individual cookies.
Husband’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Chocolate chip cookie bars
- 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick / 8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Generously grease or line a standard 8"x8" baking pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using a handheld mixer, cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the egg and the vanilla and mix well.
- Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients until a few dry streaks remain.
- Add in the chocolate chips and mix until there are no more dry streaks and the chips are evenly distributed.
- Transfer the batter to your prepared pan and smooth the top. If desired, you can sprinkle the top with additional chocolate chips.
- Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. I baked mine for 20 and they were perfect. The edges should be set, and the center might appear slightly underdone (that is OK).
- Allow the bars to set and cool completely (the centers will firm up as they cool) before slicing and serving.